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What do you think about somatics as a method for back pain relief?

What do you think about somatics as a method for back pain relief?

It can help: Somatics may offer relief from chronic back pain by re-education of the neuromuscular body reflex pathways that contribute to pain. It is free from medication side effects; can be self taught or instructor lead. It is a useful treatment option to re-establish the normal structure-function relationship of our nervous and musculoskeletal system. ...Read more

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Pain Relief (Definition)

A recent study showed that in a hospitalized group of patients it was not the actual degree of pain relief that determined patient satisfaction. It was the perceived concern on the part of the heath care providers and their attempts to alleviate the degree of pain that mattered. Even ...Read more


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How do you ease dental pain, when going to a dentist is not an option for a few days? Any pain relief methods that work preferably quickly?

How do you ease dental pain, when going to a dentist is not an option for a few days? Any pain relief methods that work preferably quickly?

Mild dental pain: Mild dental pain could be eased with otc pain medications . Moderate to severe pain need prescription from your dentist. Depending in the cause for pain appropriate medications and treatment could be prescribed. ...Read more

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What can be done for cervical radiculopathy? What can a pcp do for neck pain? I think a rehab and pain management doctor is better. Any thoughts help

PCP can do a lot!: 1.Identify "pain generator" (nerve root, muscle, or both) 2. Identify possible pain triggers (dietary, emotional, chemical, physical, pharmaceutical) 3. Address the triggers in proper order 4. For muscle pain generators use appropriate physical modalities 5. Use appropriate pharmaceuticals – systemic and topical 6. Use invasive modalities he/she is comfortable with (trigger points injections). ...Read more

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Does anyone know if acupuncture is a good idea for treatment of rsd/crps ? I would really like to come off these meds.

Does anyone know if acupuncture is a good idea for treatment of rsd/crps ? I would really  like to come off these  meds.

Rsd: I really like mgmt of conditions such as cprs with alternative techniques such as acupuncture as opposed to medications. The only thing i recommend is...Give it a try. If it works, continue it. If it does not seem to help, stop. ...Read more

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What to do if I have pretty bad back pain on a daily basis, some days are worse than others. what OTC pain reliever would be the best to help with the pain?

What to do if I have pretty bad back pain on a daily basis, some days are worse than others. what OTC pain reliever would be the best to help with the pain?

See Doctor: While there are a few OTC meds out there for help, I would suggest without any physician knowing what is exactly bothering you that you at least see your doctor for an educated decision. You could try tyelnol, Ibuprofen or even Naproxen these are available OTC. ...Read more

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I want my psychiatrist to realize the chronic back pain i have. How do I explain to him that a muscle relaxant would help. I'm not looking for opioids?

I want my psychiatrist to realize the chronic back pain i have. How do I explain to him that a muscle relaxant would help. I'm not looking for opioids?

Not psychiatrist: Chronic back pain needs a workup -- starting with your family physician and possibly others. Your psychiatrist would most likely not be managing muscle relaxants unless s/he is also a pain medicine doctor and this is part of your treatment contract with him or her. Your psychiatrist may understand that you have pain, but encourage you to work with the appropriate doctors to assess ; treat this. ...Read more

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what can i do for my back issues and how do i go about asking the neuro surgeon, no pcp, about pain mgt without liking like a drug seeker? see imaging

what can i do for my back issues and how do i go about asking the neuro surgeon, no pcp, about pain mgt without liking like a drug seeker? see imaging

Pain managment clini: If you have chronic back pain for injury or inborn problem and if surgical managment is not optionsl now- best to see Pain managment specialist. Besides using medication thry can involve phys. therapy, electrical stimulators etc. Nobody will judgdge u as a " Drug seeker". Goal is to have quality life with pain managable. Talk to your Doc. about it. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about myofascial release therapy as a treatment for back pain? Does it work?

What can you tell me about myofascial release therapy as a treatment for back pain? Does it work?

Myofascial (my-o-FASH-e-ul) release is a manual therapy technique often used in massage: The technique focuses on pain believed to arise from myofascial tissues — the tough membranes that wrap, connect and support your muscles. Theoretically, myofascial pain differs from other types of pain because it originates in "trigger points," which are related to stiff, anchored areas within the myofascial tissue. The pain that a trigger point causes is often difficult to localize, though. During myofascial release therapy, the therapist locates myofascial areas that feel stiff and fixed instead of elastic and movable under light manual pressure. These areas, though not always near what feels like the source of pain, are thought to restrict muscle and joint movements, which contributes to widespread muscle pain. The focused manual pressure and stretching used in myofascial release therapy loosen up restricted movement, leading indirectly to reduced pain. Many studies have found that massage, chiropractic manipulation and similar manual therapies work as well as other treatments for back pain. Few studies, however, have tested myofascial release therapy specifically, partly because the exact elements of myofascial release therapy vary from therapist to therapist. If you've been told that myofascial release therapy may be helpful for your back pain, consult a therapist who has training in the technique. ...Read more

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What does it mean abnormal signal within the right side of the cord c4-5 I have lots of pain and burning back pain for a very long time can't get any help from my doctor, what do I do please help if you can thank you

When : When the spinal cord appears more white on t2 sequence MRI this is called abnormal signal change. There are many causes of abnormal signal change from swelling and/or damage from compression of the spinal cord, multiple sclerosis, tumor, stroke, inflammation/infection, etc. I would recommend seeing a neurosurgeon and/or neurologist to determine cause and treatment. Good luck! ...Read more

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Ok so my question is what can I use as relief from pain for the wisdom tooth that are coming out and I have to wait for my insurance to pay help pleas?

Ok so my question is what can I use as relief from pain for the wisdom tooth that are coming out and I have to wait for my insurance to pay help pleas?

Less is best: I would try Ibuprofen (advil) if you do not have any aversion to it, understand that extended use can cause stomach issues. Use as little as possible. If acetimeniphen (tylenol) suits you better then use that. I prefer to stay away from stronger pain relievers if possible. Ice can help or even the over the counter topical oral meds. The best thing is to have them removed soon. Good luck. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I have chronic back pain relief methods?

Rest relax exercise: Rest relax exercise you could search the internet for stretching exercise for low back pain visit to chiropractor could help you find the problem and get relieved over the counter medication like Ibuprofen or aleve (naproxen) could help as well. ...Read more

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I wanted to try an exercise dvd for back and neck pain. Anyone know of any effective ones?

I wanted to try an exercise dvd for back and neck pain. Anyone know of any effective ones?

McKenzie Exercises: Pt for back and neck conditions involve stretching, strengthening, and some range of motion. These exercises start very gently, and then are progressed by a certified pt based upon patient response. All patients are different, so the exact exercises differ as does the progress. Pilates is also excellent for the core (yoga and piyo other options) if you want non-medical option. ...Read more

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I have a broken spine, what would you recomend for constant pain relief?

I have a broken spine, what would you recomend for constant pain relief?

Pain Specialist: See a local pain management specialist. There are many new options that combine a number of different modalities to get the results that are best for you. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have bad neck pain most of the time?

What do you suggest if I have bad neck pain most of the time?

See your doctor: Bad neck pain most of the time is a sign that something is wrong. Xrays, exam and possible referral should be done. ...Read more

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Whatelse can one do if you don't want surgery for symptoms that look like that of sciatica?

Whatelse can one do if you don't want surgery for symptoms that look like that of sciatica?

Many treatments: Start with physical therapy and core conditioning. At some point an epidural steroid injection might be helpful. If all else fails and your symptoms impact your activities of daily living, surgery can be curative. I would suggest seeing a spine surgeon with expertise in minimally invasive spine surgery if it comes to that. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a huge tolerance for pain meds, but this experience was/is creepy!!!! help?

What to do if I have a huge tolerance for pain meds, but this experience was/is creepy!!!! help?

Not enough info.: Don't have info on what happened to you or what type of help you need. ...Read more

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What type of medicine is good to take when you have back pain?

NSAIDS: Back pain is usually due to muscle soreness. Anti-inflammatory agents such as ibuprofen, Naproxen can be helpful. A heating pad can also be beneficial to help relax the muscle. ...Read more

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Whats the point of getting tested for aids, and if it comes back positive you can be criminalized for something you ain't even ask for! An treated bad?

Whats the point of getting tested for aids, and if it comes back positive you can be criminalized for something you ain't even ask for! An treated bad?

Being HIV positive: ins't a crime. There is bias however. It would be important to know if HIV positive so that one could be medically treated and protect others from transmission. ...Read more

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